Major Nano/Micro Commercialization Leaders Headline COMS 2004 Edmonton conference to spotlight emerging $500 billion world industry

    EDMONTON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ - A line-up of key global nano and
 microsystems leaders will tackle the challenges and opportunities of
 transforming research breakthroughs into commercial reality during the 9th
 Annual Conference on the Commercialization of Micro and Nano Systems (COMS
 2004) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 29 - Sept. 2, 2004. COMS is the only
 international conference on the commercialization of microsystems and
 nanotechnology, bringing together key business and technical professionals
 from every segment of the supply chain, including equipment suppliers, end
 users, financial experts and top researchers.
     Over 400 local, national and international delegates are expected to
 converge on the Shaw Conference Centre in downtown Edmonton during the three
 and one-half day conference. Attendees can expect business-oriented plenary
 and breakout sessions, lively panel discussions and workshops, as well as many
 networking opportunities, all geared to helping the industry seize market
 opportunities and overcome the barriers to successful commercialization.
 NanoMEMS Edmonton, Greater Edmonton's smalltech industry organization, will
 co-host the event with MANCEF (Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization
 Education Foundation).
     "Our roster of top-tier keynote speakers from the highest levels of the
 industry ensures that COMS 2004 will provide attendees with the best
 opportunity this year to gain insight into market trends, and to connect with
 the world's global smalltech leaders representing all segments of the
 micro/nano value chain," says Chris Lumb, NanoMEMS Edmonton co-chair and
 President and CEO of Micralyne Inc. "Edmonton, and indeed Canada, is
 establishing a critical mass of small tech activity. Thus, it's a perfect time
 to bring COMS to Canada and share with the world our experience and knowledge,
 while at the same time tapping into new international networks and interacting
 with global leaders from the Nano and MEMS community. It's this kind of
 interaction that MANCEF has fostered with COMS all along, and we expect this
 conference to expand on that exemplary track record."
     COMS 2004 has arranged for a high-impact roster of presenters, including:
     - Arthur J. Carty, PhD - National Science Advisor to the Prime Minister
       of Canada
     - Thomas A. Cellucci, PhD - President and COO, Zyvex Corporation
     - Henk van Houten, PhD - Senior Vice-president, Philips Research
     - Meyya Meyyappan, PhD - Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and
       Senior Scientist, NASA Ames Research Centre
     - Bruce Kirchhoff, PhD - Distinguished Professor, New Jersey Institute of
       Technology (NJIT) School of Management; Rutgers University
     - John Evans, PhD - Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects
       Agency, Microsystems Technology Office
     - Alexander W. Wong, PhD - Partner, Apex Partners
     "This is the only conference in the world that addresses the
 commercialization of both micro and nanotechnology, and with the progress to
 date, COMS 2004 is poised to give attendees the absolute cutting-edge
 perspectives and information on commercializing these technologies, " says
 Roger Grace, MANCEF President and President of Roger Grace Associates (USA).
 "MANCEF is dedicated to the education of the micro and nano community
 worldwide and the COMS conferences have been our major vehicle for fulfilling
 this mandate."
     Beyond its distinctive mission to tackle the significant aspects of micro
 and nanosystems - marketing, technology management, production and capital
 formation - COMS is a place where business partners meet and new ventures are
 explored. The Gordon Style program is designed to maximize personal
 interaction among attendees, with numerous breaks and social events planned.
     The conference kicks off on the evening of Aug. 29 with a "Welcome
 Reception" at the historic Fairmont Hotel McDonald, which overlooks the
 beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley in downtown Edmonton.
     Program highlights
     Aug. 30 - The State of the Industry: Views from Around the World
     Aug. 31 - The Business of "Small:" Making a Difference
     Sept. 1 - The State of the Science and Technology (and Art): Making it
     Sept. 2 - The Future: Challenges for Education and Training
     Topics include: "Nanohype vs. Reality;" standards/packaging/reliability;
 convergence and integration; building successful MNT clusters; emerging
 bionano, automotive, energy and aerospace applications; and a focus on
 investment and capitalization, e.g., "Capitalizing Nano: learning from the
 MEMS experience." Other highlights include a Vendors Showcase and Reception on
 the afternoon of Aug. 30 and the annual Award Dinner on the evening of
 Aug. 31.
     For attendees looking to unwind after the conference's information-packed
 sessions and exciting social and entertainments events, Edmonton is brimming
 with entertainment and recreation options. Greater Edmonton has: 70-plus golf
 courses; West Edmonton Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment
 centre; Fort Edmonton Park; Muttart Conservatory; Elk Island National Park;
 the Old Strathcona shopping district; North Saskatchewan River Valley;
 boasting a park area 22 times that of New York's central park; and a host of
 other sites, attractions and recreational opportunities. Edmonton is the
 capital of the province of Alberta, with a city-region population of one
 million people.
     The conference will also shine an international spotlight on Greater
 Edmonton as the home to an emerging nano and microsystems cluster that
 includes the National Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Alberta,
 Economic Development Edmonton and over two dozen established and early-stage
 companies, such as Micralyne Inc. and Bigbangwidth Inc., involved in micro-and
 nano-based enterprises.
     The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is May 21, 2004. For more
 information about COMS 2004, visit www.
     COMS 2004 Partners: Economic Development Edmonton, MANCEF (Micro and
 Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation), Micralyne Inc.,
 NanoMEMS Edmonton and Western Economic Diversification Canada.
     COMS 2004 Sponsors: Premier Platinum - University of Alberta. Premier
 Gold - National Research Council Canada (National Institute for
 Nanotechnology) and MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. Premier Silver -
 Alberta Research Council. Media Sponsors - enablingMNT, MICRONEWS, Small Times
 Media and
     About MANCEF (Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education
 Foundation): globally enables the creation, exchange, and dissemination of
 knowledge vital to people, organizations, and governments interested in the
 commercialization of miniaturization technologies. The Foundation, registered
 in 2000 in Florida, USA, as a not-for-profit, currently encompasses approx 350
 members representing companies and institutions from the Americas, Europe,
 Asia, Pacific Rim and Middle East. For more information about MANCEF, visit
     About NanoMEMS Edmonton: A registered public-private partnership,
 NanoMEMS Edmonton is dedicated to fostering the development and growth of
 micro and nano-based commercial enterprise across the region. Lead partners
 include: Micralyne Inc., Bigbangwidth Inc., the University of Alberta,
 Economic Development Edmonton and NINT, the National Institute for
 Nanotechnology (National Research Council of Canada). Cluster participants
 include two dozen established and early-stage MNT/MEMS companies.

SOURCE Economic Development Edmonton

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